University of Twente, The Netherlands

The University of Twente is the project coordinator, and participates with two groups in the TREsPASS project.

Centre for Telematics and Information Technology

CTIT (Centre for Telematics and Information Technology) of the University of Twente in the Netherlands is one of the largest academic ICT research institutes in Europe. Over 475 researchers actively participate in the research programme. Integration of technology-based research and its application in specific domains is a clear focus of CTIT. CTIT supports the multidisciplinary Crime Science Initiative of the University of Twente. Its unique multi-disciplinary approach makes CTIT an attractive partner. The institute maintains an extensive international network of contacts and working relations with academia and industry. This network includes ICT and manufacturing companies, universities and research institutes, health care organisations, financial institutes, governmental organisations, and logistics service providers. CTIT is one of the founding fathers of the Netherlands Institute for Research on ICT (3TU.NIRICT); this institute bundles the ICT research and innovation activities of the three Universities of Technology in the Netherlands. 3TU.NIRICT is a core member of EIT.ICT Labs. The aim of EIT.ICT Labs is to become a pan-European flagship uniting Education, Research and Innovation for the Future Information and Communication Society. In the TREsPASS project, CTIT was involved in developing the socio-technical security model specifications, as well as in the algorithms for analysis. The participating research groups are Distributed and Embedded Security (DIES), Formal Methods and Tools (FMT), Information Systems (IS).

Institute of Governance Studies

The department of Social Risks and Safety Studies (MR&V) specialises in sociological research and education relating to social problems in modern societies. Within this broad field two specific areas are distinguished. On the one hand, the study of (new) social risks concerns issues like public and private pensions, changing labour markets, discrimination, immigration and integration. On the other hand, the study of social safety focuses mainly on crime science, policing and crime prevention. The central research questions in both areas concern the questions of how to govern and manage these social problems and risks. These questions of governance and management do not only address the traditional issues of public governance, but also include new modes of governance in private environments and issues of public-private interplay. Research is mainly conducted under the auspices of the university research institute, the Institute for Governance Studies (IGS). The department is composed of two groups and four chairs. One group focuses on the governance of social risks in changing societies (chair of ‘Sociology of Public Governance’ and chair of‘Intercultural Governance’). The other group focuses on social safety, crime science, crime and policing (chair of ‘Social Safety Studies’ and chair of ‘Investigating Public Safety Risks’). Its research activities are embedded in the Institute of Social Safety Studies (IPIT) which is part of the MR&V department. Both groups collaborate permanently in both research and education. The department is responsible for a broad spectrum of regular courses in the Bachelors’ and Masters’ programmes and for several post-graduate courses in the school of Management and Governance. In the TREsPASS project, MR&V focused on the generation and conversion of social science data for use in the socio-technical security models. They  also contributed to the case study research, in particular concerning the case study methodology.